Our Favorite Pasta Bake

by Kirsten on April 23, 2012 · 17 comments

in Beef & Bison, Main Dishes, Pasta


Life has been pretty busy at my house in the last few weeks. Kids activities, including soccer practices, track meets, theater rehearsals, and guests from Germany, birthdays, vet appointments, you name it, I am sure it could be found on my overflowing calender.

On crazy weeknight days I am always happy to fall back on a dinner, which I can make ahead or just pull out of the freezer like today’s featured pasta bake.

This pasta bake has been a family favorite for many years. I have a picture of my son 1 1/2 years of age sitting on my lap and picking the peas to eat out of the pasta bake. Combining rigatoni, peas and a semi homemade Bolognese sauce, topped with Gruyere cheese and finished in the oven this pasta bake turns out tasty, hot and bubbly. Serve it with some fresh green salad on the side for a quick and easy weeknight dinner. Enjoy!

Our Favorite Pasta Bake
5.0 from 3 reviews
Recipe type: main dish, entree
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Serves: 6-8
  • 1 pound (500 g) organic, grass fed ground beef
  • 1 jar ( 40 oz, 1 kg) organic marinara sauce, homemade or your favorite store bought
  • salt
  • pepper
  • oregano
  • 17.6 oz (500 g) organic pasta, I use penne ziti rigate
  • 2 cups (250 g) organic frozen peas
  • Gruyere cheese, shredded
  1. Cook pasta in salted water until cooked al dente. Drain, rinse with cold water and set aside.
  2. In a bigger pan on high heat cook the ground beef, season with salt and pepper. Add marinara sauce and season with oregano. Set aside.
  3. In a bigger bowl combine pasta, marinara sauce with beef and peas. Mix well.
  4. Divide pasta mix in 6 - 8 individual baking dishes or in one 9 by 13 inch baking dish. Top with shredded Gruyere. (At this point you can freeze or refrigerate the dish for later usage.)
  5. Bake in the oven at 400 F until the cheese is melted and the pasta bake is hot and bubbly about 30 minutes.


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Amy August 17, 2013 at 11:37 pm

Question- if I were to freeze for later use.. Do I defrost or does it go straight into the oven; also does the cooking times change?
Thank you! This looks delish!!

Kirsten August 18, 2013 at 10:57 am

You could put it straight in the oven, but make sure to cover the dish with aluminum foil, to keep the moisture in and prevent the top from browning too much.

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Deliverypizza.se December 31, 2012 at 10:50 pm

I am a pasta lover and this one looks so yummy. I wouldn’t wait to try it now

brittney December 10, 2012 at 9:25 pm

i made this tonight and it was AMAZING! hubby said it was a must again !!!!!!!

Lyn @LovelyPantry May 2, 2012 at 10:26 am

This looks wonderfully GOOD! I MUST try this!

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Cathy at Wives with Knives April 27, 2012 at 7:26 am

This is comfort food at its best! And so easy to prepare with purchased sauce. My favorite is Newman’s Own Marinara. Love the addition of the peas.

Carlos April 25, 2012 at 3:22 am

Looks great! I will try it using Dreamfields pasta to keep an eye on the carbohydrates.

Lea Ann April 24, 2012 at 6:38 am

I wish I had a bowl of that right now! … for breakfast! 🙂

Susan o April 23, 2012 at 6:50 pm

Oh boy, does this ever look delicious. No wonder is this a family favorite. A real bonus is, it is all done in baking dish.

Susan April 23, 2012 at 2:03 pm

This pasta looks sooooo good! I could eat pasta every day of the week–it’s so comforting. I will definitely be making this one very soon.

manu April 23, 2012 at 12:49 pm

This sounds yummy! I love all that melted cheese in the top, simply delicious!
Happy week

Cooking with Michele April 23, 2012 at 12:36 pm

This kind of pasta dish is JUST what my husband loves! I like that you used Gruyere instead of a more traditional mozzarella and bet that gives it a wonderful flavor. Will see you for lunch tomorrow!

Susan April 23, 2012 at 11:51 am

That baked pasta looks absolutely delicious. I am craving it right now!!!

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